Harper Government Announces Support for New Innovation Centre for Alberta's Composites Manufacturing Sector

february 27 2012

Entrepreneurs and manufacturing companies in Alberta will soon have access to a new leading-edge facility for developing new composite-based products as a result of funding from the Government of Canada.

A federal investment of $3.5 million, announced by the Honorable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, will enable the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT Polytechnic) to establish and equip a centre for innovation to support companies working to create new products that use composite materials.

"The manufacturing of new composite-based products represents an important opportunity for Alberta entrepreneurs to grow their companies and diversify their markets," said Minister Yelich. "Our Government's investment in this initiative will help ensure innovators from any industry or sector can access state-of-the-art equipment and services to test and develop their products, which in turn will help support economic growth and create jobs."

SAIT Polytechnic will collaborate with Alta Injection Molding (AIM), an Alberta-based company, to establish the new facility. The Centre will offer a variety of commercialization services that span from product design and testing to production and packaging. Clients will also have access to an advisory team to assist with patents, mentoring, and connecting to investors.

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